Support the King's Theatre, Edinburgh

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Help us reach the finishing line! By giving today, you are helping us secure the King's future and make it the best it can be.


This September we will be breaking ground on site - starting the much needed work to make the King's Theatre fit for the future. Help us towards reaching the finish line: By giving to our Crowdfunder you are directly helping towards our goal to raise another £1 million for the King's between now and September.

When the King's re-opens, it will be both a creative hub at the heart of the community and a world-class, accessible and modern theatre for all to enjoy. All the while we will preserve the charm and period character that makes the King's so special. 

Edinburgh is an internationally renowned city of culture, blessed with historic buildings in which to enjoy a wide array of art and entertainment. For us to retain and preserve this heritage, we need to invest in our buildings to make them welcoming and accessible venues for everyone.  

Our ambition to keep the King’s open and thriving has become increasingly urgent; if major improvements are not made, visitor numbers will continue to decline because of the poor visitor experience. The King’s will almost certainly be forced to close and we will lose one more of the UK’s most historic theatres.

From its opening night in 1906, the King’s has been a city institution and an architectural gem. For generations people have flocked to and adored the King’s.

We invite your help to ensure the next generation will have the same opportunities to share in the magic of live performance at the King’s.

If you can do one thing today, try and imagine your life without the King’s. Imagine not having hundreds of local children perform on stage as part of the Gang Show; or families missing the magical experience of walking through the elaborately carved wooden doors to see the Christmas panto with their nearest and dearest; imagine not seeing unmissable, world-class performances in our impressive ornate auditorium during the International Festival. Without the King's Theatre, Edinburgh would lose a bit of its sparkle.

We have the opportunity with the King’s transformation to open the building up to a much-wider audience, to turn the building into a vibrant, accessible arts venue where there’s lots going on, during the day and on into the evening. As dear is the building is now to those who can’t imagine Edinburgh without it, the King’s has the potential to be an even greater asset to the city’s cultural life.  

Thanks to the generous support of so many people who love the King’s, as well as grants and donations from the Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, trusts and foundations and companies, we have raised over 90% of the costs of the project. You can learn more about the King’s Future and donate by visiting our website below.

“The King’s Theatre is a gem which deserves to be preserved. If we don’t invest in our theatres we stand to lose a vital part of Scotland’s cultural heritage and a theatre for everyone for generations to come” Brian Cox, Honorary Patron


 ‘I love this theatre. I am really delighted that this redevelopment is being undertaken. This appeal needs the support of everybody.’ Elaine C. Smith



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£10 or more

Every pound makes a difference!

A donation at this level could help towards replacing the lights in the King's with energy efficient LED bulbs with a much longer lifecycle. As a thank you we will include your name in the credits of a special ‘Thank you’ video tribute to the King’s.

£40 or more

Life is better with Friends

Give £40 and receive a discounted Friends membership valid for a year (usually £42). As a Friend you get access to discounted tickets for selected shows and 20% off in our café and at the bars (not to mention the mouth-watering offers our restaurant partners have in store for our Friends).

£60 or more

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A weighty piece of King’s history

Become the proud owner of a King's Theatre counterweight - these are currently being used up in the King’s flytower (the space above the stage into which scenery can be flown). Supplied by Hall's of London, the system was put in place during the renovation works between 1953-56. They weigh around 20lbs/9kg each and make a great doorstop or paperweight. On request, you can have a King’s logo stencilled on the back. Nb: These must be collected.

£200 or more

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Light Up the Stage for 2 people

Join our lighting technicians and watch Sunshine on Leith (our co-production and closing show at the King’s this June) from the lighting desk of the King's Theatre. See first-hand how the lighting brings a performance to life. Participants must be able to climb flights of stairs and have a good head for heights! Dates to be arranged on a first come, first serve basis (7-18 June 2022).

£200 or more

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Watch a ‘Get In’

Observe the set of Sunshine on Leith being built from the Dress Circle. Watch as all the lights and scenery are flown into the air and the set is loaded in and built. This behind-the-scenes exclusive is for 2 people and only 10 available! Date: Monday 6 June 2022 (circa 9am to 5pm). May feature colourful language – which adds to the authentic experience!

£250 or more

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Panto Stars on Demand

Your personalised video message delivered by our three Panto stars. Enjoy a special thank you from Allan Stewart, Grant Stott and Jordan Young or surprise a loved one with a two-minute video exclusive.

£250 or more

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Sunshine on Leith VIP package for four people

Enjoy a special outing to our closing show at the King’s. Pitlochry Festival Theatre and Capital Theatres present one of Scotland’s best loved musicals. Take your seats in one of the boxes (note please: the view is restricted) and we'll take care of the rest. You’ll be served a pre-show drink, ice creams at the interval get souvenir programme and poster each to take home. Subject to availability, on a first come, first served basis (7-18 June).

£265 or more

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Tread the Boards

With this donation amount you are covering the cost of a square meter of flooring on the new King’s stage. As a thank you we will invite you and a guest onto the new stage of the King’s post re-opening to celebrate with a toast to the redeveloped King’s.

£400 or more

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Take your Seats

Sponsor one of the brand-new upper circle seats and have your name on the seat for 10 years post-reopening. We will be reconfiguring the upper circle for a better audience experience and adding a new hospitality suite to the upper floor. Availability of seats on a first come, first served basis.

£500 or more

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Name a Step

£500 – Name a Step (10x) A key part of the King’s Theatre redevelopment will be the creation of two lifts granting access to all levels of the theatre to everyone for the very first time. These lifts will be accompanied by two new staircases, and you can name one of these new steps. Find out more at

£1,000 or more

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Your Claim to Dressing Room Fame

All the King’s dressing rooms need an urgent upgrade. Currently they are a bit grim and do not do the performers or the grandeur of the King’s justice. Help us upgrade them and get your name in front of the stars with a plaque on a dressing table for 10 years.

£25 or more

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Cut Out and Build your own Miniature King’s

Your own Miniature King’s & ice-cream for 2 – kindly supported by Ice Cream at the Interval. This model kit will help you create a beautiful miniature model of the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh. Inlcudes two ice cream vouchers for our venues and UK postage. More details & images:

£75 or more

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Meet the King's Project Architects

Bring a guest and meet the architects behind the redevelopment project. This will be a small event (10 attendees max.), giving you an exclusive insight into the project. Event to be held post-closure of the King’s.

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